Mt Joy Baptist Church

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Mt Joy Baptist Church is a Baptist church that was founded in 1857 by slaves who had previously attended services at First Baptist Church of Trussville. That year they began meeting in a log cabin on the Sam Latham Plantation with First Baptist's pastor leading services. They called themselves Latham's Baptist Church.

After the Civil War a lot was donated to the church at what is now 4200 Valley Road near exit 141 off I-59. The church's historical records were destroyed in a 1914 fire, and its second building was destroyed in another fire in 1942.

In 1998 Mt Joy merged its membership with Mt Canaan Baptist Church, another dwindling Trussville congregation. The combined congregation met at Mt Canaan while a new building was built at Mt Joy's historic plot. In 2000 another church, New Bethel Baptist Church (Trussvile), which had previously split off from Mt Joy, merged back in.

In 2006 the growing church broke ground on a new 400-seat sanctuary and plans to celebrate its 150th anniversary in the new building in November 2007.

References

  • Garrison, Greg (May 20, 2007) "Mt. Joy Baptist respects past as it builds new sanctuary." The Birmingham News